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Kathy Dorenbach

Kathy Dorenbach

Kathy Dorenbach

Kathy Dorenbach

OMAHA — Kathleen “Kathy” Marie Dorenbach, 75, of Grand Island died Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.

A memorial service and celebration of Kathy’s life will be 1 p.m. Thursday at All Faiths Funeral Home. CDC guidelines with social distancing will be followed and face masks are required.


Kathy was born to John and Erline (Low) Metzger on May 17, 1945, in Fremont. However, she grew up and attended school in Hastings. She continued her education at Bryan School of Nursing, becoming a registered nurse and was a nurse at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, retiring after 26 years.

On Aug. 1, 2014, Kathy married Donald L. Dorenbach.

Kathy had a lovely understated elegance and a love of gardening and flowers. She also enjoyed kayaking, fishing and driving her little “hot rod.” Kathy had traveled extensively to many cities stateside and also places like Costa Rica, the Bahamas and Brazil.

Survivors include her husband, Don; children, Debora (George) Quinn of Kearney, Richard “Dickie” Hecht Jr. of Grand Island, Shelly (David) Converse of Lexington and Rhonda (Bradley) Pederson of Hastings; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Sara, Richie, Amber, Justin, Parrhesia, Emily and Ashton; stepsons, Randall (Debbie) Dorenbach of Alliance and Keith Dorenbach of Round Rock, Texas; and step-grandchildren, Brandon and Jeremy Dorenbach; a brother, Keith Metzger of Ashland and her four-legged baby, Peanut, who was a permanent attachment on her mommy’s arm.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Karen Dorenbach.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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